Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition of 1864

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition of 1864

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The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price 's Missouri Expedition of 1864. By Kyle S. Sinisi. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Pp. xvii, 432. Maps, map key, illustrations, acknowledgments, abbreviations, notes, bibliography, index. $55.00.)

In September of 1864, Confederate general Sterling Price left Arkansas with a force of twelve thousand men and invaded Missouri. Over the next four months his army fought thirteen major battles and over thirty skirmishes. They traveled almost fifteen hundred miles and destroyed nearly $10 million worth of property before limping back to Arkansas and then Texas. The campaign cost the Confederacy more than half of Price's force killed or captured. Had these events happened east of the Mississippi River, Sterling Price's expedition would be one of the most chronicled episodes of the Civil War. Instead, it has received precious little treatment. That makes Kyle Sinisi's The Last Hurrah a welcome addition to the literature.

Sinisi traces the expedition from its conception to its disastrous results for the Confederacy. He offers a well-written, informative, and complete view that will well serve readers who have little knowledge of these events. The book is so much more than the standard blow-by-blow account that gives military history a bad name among scholars. Sinisi not only shows the broader political, social, and military aspects of Price's 1864 operations but also successfully argues that writers who have dealt with the subject before have done it a great disservice.

Sinisi anticipates his major argument in the book's subtitle: Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition of 1864. …

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